Day 416 - Yes, there will be concerts!

On April 25th I asked whether there might be concerts. Unless something unexpected happens the answer is yes! We have for some time been working with BBC Radio 3 to be at the core of their Scotland Week. Very early in the planning we discussed the vanishingly small possibility of a live audience. And then things started to look better. And better. And at the beginning of May we decided to take our courage in our hands and announce what we are pretty certain are the first classical concerts with audience in Scotland since March 2020 at lunchtime on 25-28 May inclusive. They will be broadcast live on Radio 3 and assuming the next set of restrictions are limited we will be allowed 100 people in the auditorium. We have four crackers for you. Jess Dandy was the subject of an earlier blog and she is joined by perhaps the world's top singer accompanist Scot Malcolm Martineau on 25 May. 26 May sees Perth's own Alasdair Beatson leading piano trios with guests from the SCO. 27 May brings the ebullient saxophonist Jess Gillam, and Friday offers another Scottish star, percussionist Colin Currie on marimba with pianist Huw Watkins. We are of course holding our breath in case anything happens to derail this, but at this point we are potentially just over two weeks away from lift off. And breathe.......

Jess Dandy & Malcolm Martineau (

Alasdair Beatson and Friends (

Jess Gillam & Zeynep Özsuca (

Colin Currie & Huw Watkins (

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